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The Jellies


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Undergraduates at Cambridge University in England, Richard Lewis and Mark Tomblin, decided to make a record. Both were members of the college party band The Wobbly Jellies, which played cover songs at drunken parties, and which even supported Elvis Costello when he visited the campus to play. The two decided to work on two minimalist disco tracks, given their love of Chic and Gang of Four, and to call themselves the Jellies. They booked a few hours of studio time at the local Spaceward Studios, and went in one afternoon without even a demo of the project.

Recording went smoothly, given the very modest musical talent of the band, and a tape loop of kick and snare drums was created and then extended to five minutes, the tape itself looping around a pencil held by Lewis, in true Sgt. Pepper fashion. He then proceeded to play bass (badly) over the loop, using a guitar so cheap that the engineer had his work cut out for him, just to get the sound decent. Overdubs involved real handclaps, and Tomblin’s overdubbed guitar effects, followed by a girl chant performed by the Wimpettes, the Wobbly Jellies backing singers, Frances and Justine.

The two five minute tracks, “Jive Baby on a Saturday Night” and “Conversation”, were released as a single, although ‘released’ is rather too ambitious a word for this ultimate home-made record. Lettering was done by Lewis and his sheet of Letraset rub-on lettering, and 500 were delivered to Lewis and Tomblin. The combined budget for this production was about 500 pounds.


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  • BadTimingNights

    Thanks for the info. Someone here in Cambridge guessed they were also The Wobby Jellies, but couldn't be sure.

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • Lauti

    i do

    6 Sep 2009 Reply
  • z-bra

    no one has any info on these folks?

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • joeledgarss

    great song "jive baby on a saturday night"....good Bassline!

    18 Nov 2008 Reply

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